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Family Physician

Who They Are and What They Do…

A family practice physician is a medical doctor who provides continuing and comprehensive healthcare for the individual and the family. Family practice is a specialty which integrates the biological, clinical, and behavioral sciences. The Physician is typically referred to as the “Primary Care Physician” (PCP). Family Practice Focus:

  • Includes all ages, organ systems and every disease entity
  • Coordinates and refers for specialist intervention
  • Focuses on wellness and prevention for patients
  • Complete routine checkups, health risk assessments, immunization and screening tests, and personalized counseling

A family practice physician will have 4 years of undergraduate work in pre-med, 4 years of medical school, 1 year spent in an internship, and 3 years of family medicine residency and are eligible for the board certification now required by most hospitals and health plans.